12 days in Lisbon, Porto & Azores Itinerary

12 days in Lisbon, Porto & Azores Itinerary

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12 days in Lisbon, Porto & Azores Itinerary

Philadelphia
Fly:  10​h 45​min
Lisbon
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
Porto
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
Philadelphia

3
days
Lisbon

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Alfama and Belém Tower. Get in touch with nature at Pypas Cruises and Lisbon by Boat. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos, admire the landmark architecture of Jeronimos Monastery, and pause for some serene contemplation at Carmo Convent.

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Philadelphia, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Philadelphia to Lisbon is 5 hours. While traveling from Philadelphia, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Lisbon, ranging from highs of 78°F to lows of 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

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Castelo de S. Jorge
Belém Tower
Alfama

3
days
Porto

Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names. Portugal's second-largest metropolis dates back to the 4th century, representing both a rich cultural past and industrial present through its architecture and style.
Visiting Rio Douro and Praia da Luz will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) and Clerigos Tower. And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, do a tasting at Graham's Port Lodge, admire the striking features of Palacio da Bolsa, and steep yourself in history at Sao Joao da Foz Fortress.

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You can fly from Lisbon to Porto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Lisbon in June: highs in Porto hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Ponta Delgada.

Things to do in Porto

Parks Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trip

Vila Nova de Gaia
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Rio Douro
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
Praia da Luz

3
days
Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel

As the busy capital of São Miguel, Ponta Delgada represents the most visited place on the island. Known for its historical buildings, the city offers 17th- and 18th-century convents and churches, as well as cobbled pedestrian streets and hidden squares.
Take a break from the city and head to Caldeira das Sete Cidades and Poca Da Dona Beija. Step out of Ponta Delgada to go to Furnas and see Terra Nostra Gardens, which is approximately 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lagoa do Fogo, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Matriz de Sao Sebastiao, look for all kinds of wild species at Environmental Interpretation Centre of Caldeira Velha, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

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Traveling by flight from Porto to Ponta Delgada takes 4.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time to Azores Time is minus 1 hour. In June, daytime highs in Ponta Delgada are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel, Furnas
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Lagoa do Fogo
Caldeira das Sete Cidades
Praia de Santa Barbara

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